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Aksys announces Otome-localizations (Bad Apple Wars, Code Realize fan-disc, Collar x Malice, and Period Cube)

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Aksys Games is localizing otome games Bad Apple Wars, Collar X Malice, and Period Cube: Torikago no Amadeus for PS Vita, the publisher announced during its Anime Expo 2016 panel.
All three games are due out in 2017.
Aksys Games also announced it will localize Code: Realize Future Blessings, a fan disc with new routes. A release date was not announced.

Source: http://gematsu.com/2016/07/bad-apple-wars-code-realize-fan-disc-collar-malice-period-cube-coming-north-america

As the infos are a tad short, I went to VNdb and the official sites so you can read up on them a bit. :)

Bad Apple Source

 

 

Description (from VNdb):
Congratulations on your DEATH admission!
Welcome to NEVAEH Academy!!

The heroine, who was caught in an accident on the first day that she was to enter high school, suddenly found herself on the premises of an unknown school.

This was NEVAEH Academy, a school for those whose souls were left behind after death.

In this school if you were a good student who followed the rules then, upon GRADUATION, you would be able to return and RESUME YOUR LIFE.

The heroine, having been informed about her death from a suspicious man wearing a RABBIT HEAD and thinking that this was all a dream, followed him to the school entrance ceremony.

Suddenly, a piercing explosion echoed from over there.

What started at the sign of that noise was the school war between those who defy the school's rules, the DELINQUENT TEAM BAD APPLES, and members of the DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE.

In the middle of that battle, the heroine meets a RED-HAIRED young man.

That young man faced her directly and asked a question.

"-- Do you want to live?"

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Websites:
VNdb: https://vndb.org/v17344
Official Site (jap): http://www.otomate.jp/baw/



Collar x Malice

 

Description (from VNdb):
Due to the occurrences of serial brutal crimes, Shinjuku has become a dangerous town to live in. The protagonist works as a police officer and works hard everyday to keep the town safe.

However, one night, someone attacks her and places a collar around her neck with poison inside of it. Amidst the chaos and right before the protagonist’s eyes are men with suspicious backgrounds. They’re all part of an organisation composed of former police officers and have taken it upon themselves to investigate the brutal cases.

Without knowing whether she should trust these men or not, she suddenly came to hold the key to the massive case. In order to remove the collar that places her at the edge of death and to liberate Shinjuku from the malice that binds it, she cooperates and begins to investigate the incidents with the men.

Who holds her life in their hands?
Will Shinjuku ever return to its former glory?

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Websites:
VNdb: https://vndb.org/v18160
Official Site (jap): http://www.otomate.jp/collar_malice/



Code: Realize Future Blessings

 

Description (from VNdb):
None available yet. :|

Screenshots & Artwork:

 


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Websites:
VNdb: https://vndb.org/v18314
Official Site (jap): http://www.otomate.jp/code-realize/fd/



Period Cube: Torikago no Amadeus (Release: April 28th 2017 (NA), trophy list)

 

Description (from VNdb):
A combination drama CD series and Vita game.

With the help of your childhood friend, Hiroya, you decide to play the online RPG game "Arcadia" in order to look for clues as to the whereabouts of your missing older brother.

You are suddenly engulfed by a blinding light and lose conscious. When you wake up, you find that the scenery has changed into that of a video game fantasy world.

As you are overwhelmed by the sudden twist of events, you learn a terrible truth: to escape this deadly world, you must clear the game.

In this cruel world, you were selected to become the key to clearing the game - the holy sword. With this, you are the target of everyone!

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Websites:
VNdb: https://vndb.org/v17640
Official Site (jap): http://www.otomate.jp/period-cube/

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Interested in Code Realize....hopefully can port the old save for easier time.

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Collar x Malice's art looks nice, hopefully these come to UK.

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Project Platinum Otome is all I got to say. Wait! Everyone stop right there. I'm going to do it....

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...

I've been wanting to play Code: Realize for a while now. I guess the release of the sequel(?) is a good excuse to play it...

I'm going to shamelessly buy all of these.

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I've been wanting to play Code: Realize for a while now. I guess the release of the sequel(?) is a good excuse to play it...

Fan-Discs are not really a sequel. They tend to be more or less a little side story that is added to the existing one.

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Bad Apple Wars has been on my radar for a while! Nice to see it get localized.

 

Also holding out hope that at least one of the girls in the first screenshot can be pursued. I know it's unlikely, but please throw me a bone here.

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Aksys is on the roll, people!

 

Still... weird seeing someone else apart from IFI announcing SO many otome =D

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Still... weird seeing someone else apart from IFI announcing SO many otome =D

 

I wonder if IFI will ever announce another Otome-localization. Seems like Amnesia didn't do that well but I guess it's an self-made problem they caused:

No retail release and they did the price dumping right at the start on Steam. No one buys a game for full price if the Steam launch discount is already 40% and sale discounts are up to 90% :facepalm:

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 No one buys a game for full price if the Steam launch discount is already 40% and sale discounts are up to 90% :facepalm:

Exactly.

And people still claim that putting games on Steam does not hurt... 

Nooo, not at all. 

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Awesome Aksys strikes again! :D  Out of all the games, Bad Apple's story description has me the most intrigued.  The art style is great too.  Looking forward to playing all four games.

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Definitely looking forward to these. I'm happy this genre is finding a home on the vita. Code:Realize is one of my favorite visual novels as well, so I'm happy to see it's getting a fandisk.

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Are these all visual novels?

Yes, they are! :)

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A gave a buddy a bit of a good natured ribbing for playing Hakuoki on the PSP a few years ago, yet he convinced me to play it sometime later and I was surprised just how much I enjoyed the characters and story. Since then I've enjoyed Amnesia: Memories and Norn9 and am already hooked on Code: Realize - GR after just starting it yesterday.

 

For those that enjoy VN's but aren't sure about otome games, give one a chance.  Sure, there is romance, but in the games I have played it has taken a backseat to plot and character development and when it is present, it is typically sweet and innocent.  Thank you Aksys for keeping my Vita backlog alive and well.

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Are these all visual novels?

Otome is a genre of visual novels. You don't find anything else that could be called otome :)

Just for future reference =D

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*squeals like a little girl!*

 

I LOVE Aksys otome games! I've played Code:Realize and Norn9: Var Commons! Both were absolutely amazing!

 

I can't wait to dive into some new otome games! My vita is a little empty atm so it will be nice to have some new games to play albeit they are visual novels.

 

Are there any exact release dates or is it just stating 2017 for all of them? (forgive me if they revealed some. I'm a bit excited to notice.)

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And people say Vita is dead. Sure, if you're only talking first party games. It really is a shame Sony doesn't do a second take of the Vita; this time with non-proprietary memory cards. $100 for 32GB sticks is the reason why this didn't take well outside of the niche Japanese scene.

That said, I still really enjoy all these third party Japanese developers continue to keep the Vita's life pulse alive.

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I still wonder why Aksys is licensing all of these Otomate games, when Otomate is part of IF and IFI exist. I'm guessing Amnesia must have done really badly (admittedly it didn't sell very well at AX, but it didn't help that almost everyone at the booth was a nep fan)

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I still wonder why Aksys is licensing all of these Otomate games, when Otomate is part of IF and IFI exist. I'm guessing Amnesia must have done really badly (admittedly it didn't sell very well at AX, but it didn't help that almost everyone at the booth was a nep fan)

I guess IFI doesn't see a high potential for Otomate-games as it's not a type of genre that fits to their common customers (like you said: Nep-fans).. They don't even promote those localizations or give a shoutout. I was also surprised when they didn't help Gloczus to prepare and promote the Beastmaster and Prince-kickstarter.

Are there any exact release dates or is it just stating 2017 for all of them? (forgive me if they revealed some. I'm a bit excited to notice.)

As far as I know no exact date was given.

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I still wonder why Aksys is licensing all of these Otomate games, when Otomate is part of IF and IFI exist. I'm guessing Amnesia must have done really badly (admittedly it didn't sell very well at AX, but it didn't help that almost everyone at the booth was a nep fan)

Amnesia really isn't really that good though.

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And people say Vita is dead. 

She isn't? :awesome:

 

I still wonder why Aksys is licensing all of these Otomate games, when Otomate is part of IF and IFI exist. I'm guessing Amnesia must have done really badly (admittedly it didn't sell very well at AX, but it didn't help that almost everyone at the booth was a nep fan)

Amnesia was digital only, that hurt it as well.

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Are all these VNs primarily for girls?

Yes, they are primarily for girls but they are quite similar to the "normal" harem-VNs where you are in control of a guy.

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